We all know that Bob Marley is considered the godfather of reggae music. Over the years fans of Marley have used his birthday as a celebration of the life he led and his influence on the reggae music genre.

The month of February is known as the Marley mania which started in 1998 and has featured multiple parties from the beach to the streets becoming a norm following the reggae King’s death in 1981.

The annual bash features the friends, family, and fans of the reggae icon making a pilgrimage back to the yard as a way to honor the memory and legacy of Bob Marley.

The entire nation of Jamaica and reggae fans around the world have rallied together to celebrate the icon with a whole week of back to back parties.

This year’s Marley mania week will be a little bit muted due to the prevailing global pandemic. The Covid-19 pandemic has been ravaging the world and has taken a huge hit on international travel. Putting on hold many of the world’s festivities.

Bob Marley’s 75th birthday  in 2020 was celebrated all over the world with different concerts, tributes. Ziggy Marley celebrated his father with a virtual mini concert

Other events  held at J.J Bohemia featured Milele Roots from Chattanooga as the host. The festivities were themed as a celebration of Bob Marley, love, and the celebration of the alumni of Milele Roots chosen family.

Earlier this year Stephen Marley rounded up his father’s 75th with a mini virtual concert and interview on Ceek.com

This year’s celebrations mark what would have been the 76th birthday of the king of reggae.

In normal times the celebrations would have happened at the Bob Marley museum. However, in lieu of this year’s global pandemic, the festivities will be held virtually.

This year’s celebration will focus on the theme of “Survival” and will feature Bob Marley’s militant musical album. Despite the festivities being held virtually, they will follow the normal timeline starting at 7 Am ET.

Featuring performances from the second and third generation of Marley’s with messages from family members like Ziggy Marley being broadcast.

There will also be a Survival Cypher that will feature several artists like Kabaka Pyramid, Skip Marley, Agent Sasco, Tifa, Tanya Stephens, and Jo Mersa.

 The Bob Marley virtual celebration will be featured on Marley’s social platforms as well as other platforms.\

Bob Marley’s fans will have an opportunity to have bought “Songs of Freedom: The Island Years” available in 6LP and 3CD that will was released on the 5th of February.

Bob Marley’s Tuff Gong Radio will play the reggae icons’ music all day in-between their regular programming.

 

Ziggy Marley’s Livestream Concert in collaboration with Ceek Virtual Reality was an hour-long period of reminiscing the power of Reggae music introduced by the legendary Bob Marley.

Ziggy Marley gave the world an astonishing performance of his dad’s reggae classics, bringing back the memories of the all-time reggae legend, Bob Marley.

In enforcing the social distancing protocols against the spread of Covid -19 pandemic, the program organised by the Ceek VR  was clearly under the social distancing measures. It was a well decorated studio with Bob Marley’s picture displayed on a large screen.

Ziggy Marley’s band were separated with transparent barriers and were seen in their face masks. The 51-year-old reggae star astarted with his father’s Root. Rock. Reggae song released in 1976 on his eighth studio album.

He paid tribute to Bob Marley with the most outstanding and powerful tunes from his father like “Get Up, Stand Up”, “One Love”, “Exodus”, “Redemption Song”, Them Belly Full”  and more.

 

As part of the 75th global celebration of Bob Marley, Ziggy Marley was interviewed by Ceek.

The program indeed served the purpose of reliving the memorable moments of Bob Marley with fans across the world and his passion for bringing people together through music.

Huge reggae music lovers were able to connect, come together and enjoy themselves in such a serene atmosphere on the virtual concert.

The program was dubbed 75th celebration part 1 which means a lot more live stream concert will be performed as part of the celebration.

Ziggy Marley’s  Livestreams Concert is the best show we’ve seen on YouTube. Visuals  are top shelf. Next level!

Photo Credit: Ceek  | Ziggy Marley

In case you missed it. Enjoy!

 

As part of The Year Of Return President Nana Akufo-Addo has granted Ghanaian citizenship to 126 Africans in the Diaspora including

 

Rita Marley becomes a Ghanaian Citizen

Rita Marley, the wife of reggae legend Bob Marley.

Rita Marley has been residing in Ghana for more than 10 years. Through the Rita Marley Foundation, she has been helping the less prevailed.

The new Ghanaian citizens took the oath of loyalty to Ghana. The ceremony was held at the Accra Jubilee House.

Year of Return is a government initiative to celebrate 400 years of the slave trade. The event that began in January 2019 saw many people visiting the country.

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This year celebrates 400 years since a small group of captured Africans was imprisoned in an English vessel in Jamestown, Virginia in the United States.

In 2016, it is believed the Former president John Mahama, also granted  citizenship to some Africans the Diaspora.

 

The coming back of the African Diaspora is economically pragmatic for Ghana, apart from sentimental reasons.

The Ghanaian government has relaxed the visa requirements for some countries earlier this year and halved the price of a visa upon entry in anticipation that this will boost tourism in Ghana.

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The Afro Nation and many other events /festivals are expected to attract thousands of young Africans from the Diaspora over the festive season.

 

In the US this year, among some African American celebrities, black college alumni organizations and similar groups, Ghana have been heralded as a significant end-of-year holiday destination.

Ghanaians are hopeful that people visiting the country will also not only enjoy themselves but also invest in Ghana…

Steve Harvey In Ghana

 

Credit: Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo| The Presidency, Republic of Ghana

Gone but never forgotten! Today we’re remembering the legendary Jamaican musician, singer-songwriter Bob Marley. Join us in wishing Bob Marley a very happy birthday!

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Rastafarian Bob Marley died on 11 May 1981. We love all his music, some of our favourite Bob Marley songs includes: No Woman No Cry, Redemption Song, Could You Be Loved, One Love, Africa Unite, Turn Your Lights Down Low, I Shot the Sheriff, Waiting In Vain

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